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State
In effect
Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act, HB 2445
AR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Arkansas enacted HB 2445, encouraging all state agencies to use green design strategies, including LEED. The bill also creates a Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices, which is required to advise on issues related to sustainable building design.
State
In effect
Arizona HB 2009
AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Arizona enacted HB 2009, granting tax relief to data centers that move into substantially vacant buildings and certify to LEED or an equivalent standard.
State
In effect
Implementing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in New State Buildings, Executive Order 2005-05
AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Arizona issued Executive Order #2005-05, requiring all state-funded buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
California Green Buildings Action Plan, Executive Order B-18-12
CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 25, 2012, the Governor of California issued Executive Order B-18-12, creating the Green Building Action Plan, which requires all new and majorly renovated State buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The EO also stipulates that all existing State buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification.
State
In effect
Jobs and Economic Improvement Through
Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, Chapter 354
CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Governor of California enacted AB 354, authorizing the Governor to designate a project that is certified LEED Silver or higher, that has a 10% greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects and is located on an infill site as a leadership project for streamlining through the Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
State
Amended
Colorado High-Performance Certification Program
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the State of Colorado enacted SB 07-051 creating the High-Performance Certification Program, which requires new or majorly renovated state-owned buildings, K-12 schools, public universities, and housing projects larger than 5,000 square feet and receiving a minimum of 25% of funding from the state to earn LEED Gold certification. The law was updated in 2018.
State
In effect
Colorado SB 51
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Colorado enacted Senate Bill 51, requiring any new or renovated building whose total project cost includes 25% or more in state funds be designed and built to a high-performance green building standard, including LEED. The project must achieve the highest level performance certification possible, which is determined by calculating whether the increased initial costs can be recouped from decreased operational costs within 15 years.
State
In effect
Executive Order D005-05
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Colorado signed Executive Order D005, requiring that all state buildings earn LEED for Existing Buildings and incorporate LEED practices in all new construction.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 13-308
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 13-308, granting development fee reductions or waivers to projects that achieve LEED Gold on brownfield sites. Fee waivers will be awarded for projects moving into distressed communities.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 11-57
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 11-57, authorizing proceeds from state issued bonds to be used by Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the net project costs, or the balance of any projects after applying any public or private financial incentives available, for any renewable energy or combined heat and power projects in state buildings. The funds shall be made available through the Renewable Energy Investment Fund, established pursuant to section 16-245n. To be eligible, state buildings must be LEED-certified or receive a comparable certification.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 07-242
Hartford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of Connecticut enacted HB 7432, requiring the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to adopt regulations for new or renovated commercial buildings consistent with LEED Silver, or an equivalent standard. The regulations apply to the following types of projects, provided that they receive $2 million or more in state funding: a) new state facility construction valued at $5 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; b) state facility renovations of $2 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; c) new public school construction valued at $5 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009; and d) public school renovations valued at $2 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009. The law also requires the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee to revise the State Building Code to meet or exceed LEED Silver for all private buildings constructed after January 1, 2009 of $5 million or more and for all renovations beginning after January 1, 2010 of $2 million or more. residential buildings with less than four units are exempt from the code requirements, as well as buildings where costs may outweigh benefits. HB 7432 further authorized $30 million in state bonds, the sale proceeds of which are to be allocated to fund on-site renewable energy projects in state buildings pursuing LEED certification.
State
In effect
Leading by Example Towards a Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment, Executive Order 18
DE
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Delaware issued Executive Order 18, which states that all state agencies, departments, and offices shall work with architects and engineers on the design and construction of capital projects to design projects to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards.
State
In effect
Florida Chapter 2013-193
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Florida enacted Chapter 2013-193, requiring each state agency to use a sustainable building rating system, such as LEED, or national model green building code for new buildings and renovation to existing buildings.
State
In effect
Florida HB 7135
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Florida enacted HB 7135, requiring all new construction and renovation of state-owned and state-funded buildings (including counties, municipalities, schools, water management districts, public universities, community colleges, and state courts) to follow LEED guidelines, or guidelines from state-approved alternative green building rating system.
State
In effect
Establishing Climate Change Leadership by Example, Executive Order 07-126
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order #07-126, requiring LEED certification for any new building constructed for or by the State. New construction projects must strive for Platinum certification. The EO also requires the Department of Management Services to implement LEED for Existing Buildings across all buildings owned and operated by the department on behalf of client agencies.
State
In effect
2014 Florida Statute, Chapter 255
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
Chapter 255 (Public Property and Publicly Owned Buildings) of the 2014 Florida Statutes requires all buildings constructed and financed by the state and renovations of existing state facilities to be designed to comply with a national model green building code or a nationally recognized high-performance green building rating system such as LEED.
State
Amended
Hawaii HB 2175
HI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Governor of Hawaii enacted HB 2175, requiring all new state-owned or state-funded construction (including K-12 public schools) 5,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved equivalent standard. The state legislature amended its provisions to Hawaiian counties with HRS 46 19.6, which grants priority processing for all construction or development permits for projects that earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
Iowa Sustainable Design Standards, Rule 661, Chapter 310
IA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Iowa State Legislature enacted a policy providing a tax credit or tax refund for commercial buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. If a commercial project pursues sustainable design standards for a purpose other than to qualify for a tax credit or refund, the building must earn at least LEED Silver certification. Additionallly, buildings intended to be used as data centers must achieve LEED certification to qualify as a sustainably-designed development.
State
In effect
Illinois School Construction Law, Section 5, Public Act 98-0623
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, the State of Illinois adopted Public Act 98-0623, requiring that school construction projects that apply for a grant on or after July 1, 2009 must earn LEED Silver certification, unless several conditions are met.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 97-0616
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Illinois enacted Public Act 97-0616, requiring training facility construction or upgrade projects located in a municipality with a population greater than 2 million residents to be designed for the purpose of obtaining LEED certification. The owner of the facility is required to seek project verification.
State
In effect
Illiniois SB 1601, Public Act 96-0630
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois signed SB 1601, enacting Public Act 96-0630. The legislation adds costs related to LEED certification (including construction) as valid redevelopment project costs that can be funded by the Illinois Tax Increment Fund.
State
In effect
Illinois Green Buildings Act
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Green Buildings Act, requiring all new state-funded construction and major renovations less than 10,000 square feet to met the highest LEED certification level, or a state-approved alternative standard. All new state-funded construction and major renovations of or larger than 10,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
Illinois HB 1013
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois enacted HB 1013, requiring all new state-funded building construction and major renovation of existing state-owned facilities to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. New buildings and major renovations of 10,000 square feet or larger must achieve LEED Silver or an alternative certification. New buildings and major renovations under 10,000 square feet must strive to meet the highest LEED certification level, but are not required to certify the project with GBCI.
State
In effect
Illinois House Joint Resolution 10
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009 the Illinois General Assembly adopted House Joint Resolution 10, which states that the passage of a sustainable capital construction plan should be a priority. The resolution also states that any allocations of funding for the construction or renovation of government buildings should require builders to adhere to LEED, or an alternative green building standard.
State
In effect
Illinois Executive Order 09-11
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois issued Executive Order 09-11, which directs agencies to strive to earn LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-0416
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Illinois State Senate amended the School Construction Law, directing the Capital Development Board to only issue grants to school projects with LEED for Schools or comparable rating system certification, or to projects that meet the standards set forth by the Capital Development Board's Green Building Advisory Committee.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-325, Green Neighborhood Grant Act
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Illinois enacted the Green Neighborhood Grant Act, becoming the first state to create incentives for LEED for Neighborhood Development. The law directs the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to fund up to 1.5% of total development costs for up to three applicable neighborhoods per year, funds permitting. Applicable developments must be located in a municipality with a residential population of one million or greater, and are required to earn LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
State
In effect
Energy Efficient State Building Initiative, Executive Order 08-14
IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued Executive Order 08-14, requiring all new state buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved equivalent standard. The EO also requires all renovations of state buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or the guidelines of a state-approved alternative certification.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 69
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of Kentucky enacted House Resolution 69, recognizing LEED for Schools and LEED for Existing Buildings as tools for achieving greener schools.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 255
KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 255, establishing the Kentucky Green Schools Authority, and directing the Department of Energy Development and Independence to provide technical assistance to local governments, area development districts, housing authorities and school districts regarding methods to maximize energy conservation and efficiency. The legislation also established a pilot program to assist school districts with earning LEED for Existing Buildings certifications.
State
Repealed
Kentucky SB 132
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Governor of Kentucky enacted SB 132, establishing the efficient school design trust fund. In order to be eligible for funds, schools must efficient school design as a school building design that meets or exceeds LEED for Schools certification, a comparable system with equivalent requirements, or other building performance certification systems. The law was repealed in 2022.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 24
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly adopted HR 24, endorsing the creation of a Green Schools Caucus in the Kentucky General Assembly to advocate and encourage broader application of the design and construction practices for green schools. The resolution encourages school districts to seek LEED certification, or certification from a comparable rating system with requirements as stringent to LEED Silver standards.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 2
KY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 2, requiring new public facilities and renovations funded with 50% or more of state funds to adhere to high-performance building standards. The legislation defines high performance building standards as: projects of $25 million or more must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher; projects between $5 million and $25 million must achieve LEED Certified and earn a minimum of seven points under the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance standards; and, projects between $600,000 and $5 million shall use LEED as a guide.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 1
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 1, instructing the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet to use LEED or other rating systems to develop green building incentives for private development in the state.
State
Elapsed
Louisiana State and Local Facilities Construction Authority
LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) approved a resolution to create the State and Local Facilities Construction Authority to support public schools in their pursuit of LEED for Schools certification. The LRA appropriated $2.5 million to create the Authority. The program elapsed in 2010.
State
In effect
Massachusetts School Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Policy
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Massachusetts School Building Authority updated its Sustainable Building Design Policy, stipulating the LEED for Schools v4 will be the only acceptable sustainability standard for new school construction. Public schools that earn LEED v.4 certification are eligible for additional project funding.
State
In effect
Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings, Executive Order 484
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Massachussetts issued Executive Order 484, instructing state agencies involved in the construction and major renovation projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.
State
Repealed
Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2014, the State of Maryland adopted Chapter 601, extending the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program for commercial building rehabilitations. The program establishes a competitive award process for tax credits for buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. Smaller commercial properties may also claim a tax credit under specified circumstances.
State
In effect
Maryland Chapter 626
MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of Maryland adopted Chapter 626, requiring the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to employ green building technologies when constructing or renovating a commission-owned building. The policy defines a high-performance green building as a building constructed to LEED Silver certification standards.
State
Amended
Maryland High Performance Green Building Program, HB 942
MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Maryland legislature enacted House Bill 942, establishing the Maryland High Performance Green Building Program. The program applies to all capital projects, including K-12 schools and community colleges, funded solely with state funds. New construction and major renovation of buildings 7,500 square feet or larger must earn LEED Silver certification – and wherever possible strive for LEED Gold. In 2017, the Maryland Green Building Council updated the program to better accommodate LEED v4.
State
In effect
Maryland Property Tax Code, Chapter 9-242
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
The State of Maryland’s Property Tax Code Chapter 9-242 permits local governments to offer a tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a high performance building. The tax code defines a high performing building includes buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or higher.
State
In effect
ME LD 1656
ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the Governor of Maine signed ME LD 1656 into law, requiring that construction projects funded by the Maine State Housing Authority meet the standards of a third-party certification program, including LEED.
State
Repealed
An order regarding the use of LEED Building Standards for State Buildings
ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Governor of Maine issued an Executive Order directing all new or existing state buildings to incorporate LEED guidelines, provided that standards can be met on a cost-effective basis. The EO was repealed in 2011.
State
In effect
Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, Chapter 136, S.F. No. 145
MN
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Minnesota enacted Chapter 136 S.F. 145, requiring utilities to establish programs that facilitate professional engineering certification to qualify buildings as LEED-certified, or a state-approved alternative certification. The legislation stated a goal of achieving 100 LEED-certified commercial buildings by December 31, 2010.
State
Amended
Montana High-Performance Building Standards
MT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the State of Montana revised its High-Performance Building Standards to require that all state projects funded or authorized by the legislature greater than $10,000,00 earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
North Carolina SB 581
NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the State of North Carolina enacted SB 581, allowing counties and cities to provide building permit fee reductions or partial rebates to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design principles, such as LEED or a state-approved equivalent certification system.
State
Amended
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3680
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of New Jersey enacted Assembly Bill 3680, encouraging all construction projects submitted to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to be encouraged to adhere to LEED. The legislation was updated in 2016 to require commerical buildings to comply with LEED Silver requirements.
State
In effect
New Jersey Chapter 269
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the State of New Jersey passed Chapter 269, requiring any new state building larger than 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet high performance building standards. The policy defines a high-performance building as a building that earns LEED Silver certification, or a nationally-recognized and accepted alternative that has been approved by the Commissioner of Community affairs in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Director of Energy Savings and the Board of Public Utilities.
State
In effect
Executive Order 24
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Governor of New Jersey enacted Executive Order 24, requiring all new schools to incorporate LEED guidelines to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
State
In effect
New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 291, establishing the state's Sustainable Building Tax Credit. This legislation provides tax credits based on the square footage of the building. For commercial buildings, the tax credits range from $3.50 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification to $6.25 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Platinum certification. For residential buildings, the tax credits range from $5.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Silver certification to $9.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification. On March 16, 2013, renewed the Sustainable Building Tax Credit, creating an additional $12 million opportunity for single-family residential green construction and $3 million in commercial and multifamily opportunities spread out over the next three years. LEED Silver-certified commercial buildings for new construction (NC), existing buildings, core and shell, or commercial interiors are eligible for a tax credit. The amount of the credit varies according to the square footage of the building and the level of certification achieved. On April 10, 2015, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was renewed and updated again. The new SBTC guideline establishes a personal tax credit and a corporate tax credit for new and major renovations that are LEED Silver-certified or higher for taxable years up to 2026. The tax credit amount is based on certification level achieved and the amount of qualified square footage. The tax credit is available for commercial and residential buildings under LEED - NC, LEED EB and LEED CI and LEED for Homes. The 2015 update caps the eligible size per residential project at 2,000 square feet and reduces the amount of the tax credit available per square foot.
State
Amended
Sustainable Building Tax Credit, NM SB 543
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 543. The omnibus bill included a sustainable building tax credit to promote the construction of high performance, green design and construction. The credit increases commensurate with the level of LEED certification achieved. The total amount of tax credits shall not exceed an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to commercial buildings and an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to residential buildings.
State
In effect
Executive Order 06-001
NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Governor of New Mexico issued Executive Order 06-001, requiring all new public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50 kW peak electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. Existing public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50kW peak electrical demand must be renovated to achieve LEED Silver, and must achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy. New public buildings between 5,000-15,000 square feet are required to achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy.
State
Repealed
Nevada Green Building Tax Abatement Program
NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Nevada enacted AB 621, amending provisions of tax abatements and exemptions based on energy use and repeals certain prospective energy requirements for public buildings. AB 621 creates a three-tiered property tax exemption plan, with a maximum exemption of 35% for any private building that earns LEED Silver certification or higher, excluding single-family homes and residential structures three stories or fewer. The legislation also removed sales tax exemptions for products or materials used in the construction of eligible buildings. In 2013, the State of Nevada adopted Assembly Bill 239, reviving the tax incentive for LEED-certified buildings and expanding its scope to investments in improving existing buildings. LEED-certified new construction may receive up to a 35% reduction on property tax payable for 5-10 years. Renovations to existing buildings that achieve LEED certification receive a 25-35% reduction, based on level of certification earned, property tax abatement for one year.
State
In effect
Nevada SB 395
NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Nevada enacted SB 395, which contains a provision requiring the State Public Works Board to adopt standards and performance guidelines concerning the efficient use of water and energy for state-owned and operated buildings. The legislation permits LEED as a compliance option.
State
In effect
Nevada AB 3
NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the State of Nevada enacted Assembly Bill 3, requiring all state-funded buildings earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. During each biennium, at least two occupied public buildings whose construction will be sponsored or financed by the State of Nevada must be designated as a demonstration project and be equivalent to a LEED Silver certification, or an equivalent standard. The legislation also grants tax abatement incentives for properties with LEED Silver-certified buildings, and tax exemptions for products or materials used to construct a LEED Silver-certified buildings.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 441
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted a policy establishing a tax exemption in cities with a population between 130,000-160,000 people for the rehabilitation of vacant residential structures or construction of new residential structures that earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013, New York AB A8101, Chapter 174
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 174, which states the State Gaming Board's decision to weigh gaming facilities license applications based on workforce enhancement factors, including new or existing facilities that earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 14
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 14, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green homes and commercial buildings. Cities and towns adopting the new measure will take LEED-certified properties off their tax rolls for up to six years. Tax exemptions are based on LEED certification level, and phase out over a period of 7-10 years.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 129
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 129, allowing LEED-certified residential buildings to be exempt from capital improvements in cities with a population between 27,500-28,000 people. LEED-certified and LEED Silver-certified buildings are granted a three-year exemption, to the extent that 100% of the increase in assessed property value can be attributable to reconstruction. LEED Gold-certified structures are granted a four-year exemption, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are granted a six-year exemption.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 188
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 188, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green buildings for ten years, and providing exemptions for construction improvements that meet LEED certification standards.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 494
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 494, authorizing the state to consult high performance buildings standards such as LEED when creating building program and providing relevant services.
State
In effect
Green Building Construction Act
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of New York enacted the Green Building Construction Act, which requires that construction and substantial renovation of State buildings comply with green building standards established by the Office of General Services. The Office of General Services may consult the green construction requirements, such as LEED, when creating their own green building requirements.
State
Elapsed
NY A10684
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of New York enacted A10684, authorizing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create and administer a green residential building grant program to encourage the construction of new homes and the renovation of existing homes that follow green building standards and criteria based on LEED for Homes. NYSERDA was authorized to provide incentives to qualified owners between 2010-2013.
State
In effect
New York State Green Building Plan
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the New York Dormitory Authority, an agency that provides construction, financing and allied services that serve the public good, announced its commitment to register all new construction and major renovations projects with USGBC beginning in 2008, with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification.
State
Elapsed
New York State Green Building Tax Credit Program
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the New York State Green Building Tax Credit Program was created to provide an income tax incentive to commercial developments incorporating specific green strategies informed by LEED. As of 2011, individuals or businesses can no longer earn a new green building credit, but they may claim a green building credit carryover from previous years.
State
In effect
Wilmington Green Enterprise Zone
Wilmington, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Enterprise Zone. Residential and commercial projects within in the Zone seeking LEED Certification are eligible for a 75% reduction in building and permitting fees. Existing residential and commercial properties undertaking other green retrofits may be eligible for a 50% reduction in building and permitting fees. The ordinance also requires the City to perform a cost-benefit analysis of earning LEED Certification for all new municipal buildings.
State
In effect
Resolution 07-124
Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission (OSFC) passed Resolution #07-124, approving the incorporation of energy efficiency and sustainable design features into all future and some previously approved school projects. All K-12 public school projects approved by the OSFC are required to meet a minimum of LEED for Schools Silver certification, with strong encouragement to achieve LEED Gold. There is additional emphasis on maximizing Energy & Atmosphere credits. The resolution directs OSFC to cover all LEED registration and certification fees and to provide a supplemental allowance to project budgets for the incorporation of green building strategies.
State
In effect
Oklahoma HB 3394
OK
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Oklahoma enacted HB 3394, requiring all new state buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to follow LEED guidelines.
State
In effect
Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the State of Oregon adopted Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90, establishing a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) for up to 35% of the eligible cost of qualifying renewable energy resource facilities. Eligible facilities include: an energy saving facility, recycling facility, rental dwelling weatherization facility, transportation facility, car sharing facility, sustainable building practices facility, alternative fuel vehicle or facilities necessary to operate alternative fuel vehicles, a high-efficiency combined heat and power facility, a high-performance home, a homebuilder-installed renewable energy system or a research development and demonstration facility that complies with the rules in place. A Sustainable Building Practices Facility means a a building that LEED-certified, or is rated and certified by a program approved by the Oregon Department of Energy. In addition to achieving LEED certification, a facility must also earn at least two points under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1 (Optimize Energy Performance) and at least one point under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3 (Enhanced Commissioning).
State
In effect
Renewable Energy Development Sub-account, Chapter 730
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Platinum
In 2011, Oregon enacted Chapter 730, establishing the Renewable Energy Development Sub-account. To receive a tax credit, a project must earn LEED Platinum certification or a nationally- or regionally-recognized sustainable building program with similar performance standards.
State
In effect
Oregon Chapter 467
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted Chapter 467, allowing schools to finance projects through qualified energy conservation bonds, and receive lower interest loans from the Clean Energy Deployment Fund. If proceeds from bonds are used for construction, a project must earn LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance, Executive Order 2019-01
PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the Governor of Pennsylvania issued Executive Order 2019-01, requiring all agencies to reduce energy consumption, such as by earning LEED certification.
State
In effect
Lansdale Municipal Code, Article XXXV, Section 405-3506
Lansdale, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Borough of Lansdale enacted an ordinance granting 20 feet of bonus height to projects that earn LEED Silver certification along with green roofs, alternative energy features, and stormwater management located in the Downtown Business Overlay District.
State
In effect
Reading Municipal Code, Chapter 600, Section 600-918, Ordinance 47-2010
Reading, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Reading adopted Ordinance 47-2010, granting buildings that earn LEED certification an additional 300 square feet per 1,000 square feet of the development.
State
In effect
Pennsylvania Act 46
PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 46, amending school construction reimbursement rates for Pennsylvania Public Schools, specifically adjusting the approved building construction cost of LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum-certified school by providing an extra $470 per pupil as determined by the board of educations rated pupil capacity in elementary schools, and $620 per pupil in secondary schools.
State
Amended
Rhode Island Green Buildings Act
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Rhode Island enacted the Rhode Island Green Building Act. The Act requires all major facility projects of public agencies to achieve LEED certification, an or equivalent building certification. It also requires all major facility projects of public school districts where the project receives funding from the state entering the design phase after January 1, 2010, to achieve LEED Certified or the Northeast Collaborative for High-Performance Schools Protocol. The law was amended in 2017 to include LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) as applicable standards for the sustainable development of real public property beyond physical buildings. In 2022, the Green Buildings Act was amended again to include public buildings, public structures and public real property of cities and local governments.
State
In effect
Rhode Island Lead by Example Program, Executive Order 15-17
RI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 15-17, establishing the Lead By Example Program within the state's Office of Energy Resources. The EO also directs the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to develop a standard of building operations and maintenance, which may be achieved through LEED certification.
State
In effect
Executive Order 05-14
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 05-14 requiring all new construction and renovations of public buildings to be designed and constructed to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved equivalent high performance green building standard. All major facility projects of public school districts are also required to be designed and constructed to LEED certification standard, or to a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act, H 3034
SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of South Carolina enacted H3034 establishing the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act. The law requires all state-funded new construction projects larger than 10,000 square feet, including K-12 schools, or renovation project in which the project involved more than 50% of the replacement value major to earn LEED Silver certification. Agencies are required to use the most current edition of the rating system available at the time of registration and earn at least 40% of the available points under the Optimize Energy Performance credit.
State
In effect
South Dakota High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings
SD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of South Dakota enacted SB 188, requiring new construction and major renovations of state-owned buildings larger than 5,000 square feet or costing at least $500,000 to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. The law was amended in 2015, by the enactment of HB 1029, which updated the standard to LEED v4 and increased the threshold for compliance to $1 million or more and 10,000 square feet or greater.
State
In effect
Tennessee SB 1919
TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Tennessee enacted SB 1919, revising statutes governing housing authorities to expand opportunities for redevelopment. The revised statute permits housing authorities to finance additional investments in green building and energy efficiency, and specifically any costs related to modeling, documentation and certification fees for LEED.
State
Amended
Utah High Performance Building Rating System
UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Utah State Building Board amended the State's High Performance Building Rating System standards to require that all new state buildings earn LEED Silver certification. In 2014, the State Building Board amended the Rating System again, instead requiring that new state buildings certify to a rating system devised by the state's Division of Facilities Construction and Management. However, the updated law still allows projects to earn LEED certification upon request.
State
In effect
Virginia Chapter 806
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 806, requiring that all new and majorly renovated (above 50% of the structures assessed value) state-owned facilities over 5,000 square feet be designed and constructed in a manner consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED.
State
In effect
Virginia High Performance Buildings Act
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 793, requiring an executive branch agency or institution entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 square feet to conform to the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards, which incorporate LEED standards.
State
In effect
Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government, Executive Order 19
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 19, directing all state agencies to conserve energy, water and reduce waste by requiring that all new or renovated buildings conform to LEED Silver standards, or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also mandates that agencies only lease LEED-certified office space.
State
In effect
Executive Order 82
VA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 82, requiring all new executive branch buildings larger than 5,000 gross square feet, or renovations to existing executive branch buildings where costs exceeds 50% of the value of the building, to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also encourages the private sector to adopt similar practices.
State
In effect
Code of Virginia, 58.1, 322.1, HB 239
VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Virginia enacted HB 239, declaring energy efficient buildings to be a separate class of taxation from other real property. The code provides a tax benefit for energy efficient buildings, as defined in the code as meeting LEED performance standards - or the standards in other state-approved certifications.
State
In effect
Executive Order 48
VA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 48, instructing all state agencies and institutions constructing state-owned facilities over 5,000 gross square feet, and renovations valued at 50% of the assessed building value, to be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED or Energy Star. The EO also instructs the Commonwealth to give preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED or Energy Star.
State
In effect
High-Performance Public Buildings, Chapter 39.35D
WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Washington enacted a policy requiring projects larger than 5,000 square feet that receive capital funds to earn LEED Silver certification, with the intention that, by 2009, all new construction projects and major renovations receiving Washington State funds would be built to a green standard. The policy also requires all K-12 schools to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
High Performance Green Building Standards and Energy Conservation for State Facilities and Operations, Executive Order 145
WI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Governor of Wisconsin issued Executive Order 145, directing the Department of Administration to establish and adopt building construction and maintenance guidelines based on LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings. Any project that pursues LEED certification as part of the initial project request will be supported by Department of Administration.